Thursday, May 26, 2011

Quiet Valley at a Raucous 40

it takes a reading of annual highlights to really bring home the stature of the Kerrville Folk Festival

Off the Record
Music News, Austin Chronnnicle
By Austin Powell, Fri., May 27, 2011
Photo by John Carrico

Wide Open Spaces
When it comes to Texas songwriting, history happens first at the Kerrville Folk Festival. The annual 18-day outing in the scenic confines of Quiet Valley Ranch has helped discover some of the most important voices in American music. The festival commemorates its 40th anniversary this year, featuring the Lost Pines (May 26), Slaid Cleaves (May 27), Judy Collins (May 28), Eliza Gilkyson (May 29), and Randy Rodgers & Wade Bowen (May 30), all leading up to a closing concert memorializing late friends and family of the festival as conducted by David Amram and starring Marcia Ball, Trout Fishing in America, and Will Taylor & Strings Attached. (For a full lineup see www.kerrville-music.com.) Lending perspective to Kerrville's longevity, OTR compiled a hits timeline, with thanks to founder Rod Kennedy's Music From the Heart, Erinn R. Barefield's The Kerrville Folk Festival: The Path to Kerr-version, and www.happenstance-music.com. For memorable first-hand accounts, see "Marshmallow Love," May 24, 2002.

read the big list here: http://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2011-05-27/off-the-record/

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